25 November 2020
Special Edition: ENSP-ECTC 

ENSP European Conference on Tobacco Control: ENSP-ECTC The Online Edition

The 2020 ENSP-ECTC Online Edition brings all Conference speakers and their presentations closer to you in a new format. You can now find all abstracts published on the ENSP-ECTC website along with the authors' slides, videos and other information about the online Conference 2020.


With the ultimate goal to advance  research or policies in order to combat the global tobacco epidemic, 120 abstracts have been published under 5 general themes: Demand and side reduction measures, Supply and side reduction measures, Protection of the environment and the health of persons, Liability, Cooperation and communication.


The presentations submitted by authors are now also available as a library under the above-mentioned 5 themes.


Furthermore, during the months of November and December ENSP is organising a series of ECTC webinars which are the online symposia on various topics including the tobacco industry tactics, novel products epidemic, smoking cessation, and illicit tobacco trade. 


ENSP would like to thank everyone who contributed to this edition and looks forward to meeting all authors at the next ENSP-ECTC Conference!

Save the Dates: ENSP - ECTC Series of Webinars

2 December 2020

"Tobacco Industry Tactics"

ENSP is pleased to host the webinar “Tobacco Industry” that will be held on the 2nd  December 2020, from 13:00 to 14:30 CET, as part of the ENSP-ECTC Conference – The Online Edition

The tobacco industry, which is responsible for more than 8 million deaths annually worldwide, has never taken responsibility for all the diseases and deaths its products have caused and continue to cause to its customers, governments and society. Yet, it is exploiting the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic to provide resources to countries badly in need of them, framing itself as being “part of the solution”—a classic tactic of the tobacco industry to get close to governments and enable it to interfere with, derail and undermine health policies aimed at reducing tobacco use.


Even though more countries adopt comprehensive tobacco control, the tobacco industry is working to undermine government efforts in order to hook new users and push new products. They have even gone so far as to try and take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic when countries are desperate for resources.


Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC Guidelines recommends governments to ensure transparency by requiring periodic disclosures from the tobacco industry about its activities and practices.


Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC Guidelines provides a range of preventive actions governments can take to protect their tobacco control policies from being sabotaged by commercial and vested interests.


The tobacco industry will not stop interfering. Civil society can expose and counter industry interference, but it is in the hands of governments to halt it altogether.

Join the webinar to learn more about this topic. Registrations are open until 1st December 2020, 20:00 (CET).

 3 December 2020

"Novel Tobacco Products - New Age of

the Global Epidemic" 

As a part of the ENSP-ECTC Series of Webinars, the hot topic of novel tobacco products will be addressed during the session on Thursday, December 3 (13:00 - 14:30 CET), under the title "Novel Tobacco Products: New Age of the Global Epidemic".
Novel tobacco products raise endless number of questions that have to be urgently answered and acted upon.
How do we protect adolescents from introduction to smoking and stop its renormalisation? Do novel products threaten smoking bans and other effective tobacco control achievements? How do we react to harm-reduction claims of the tobacco industry? What do we know about second-hand exposure to the e-cigarettes aerosol? And most importantly - what kind of measures do governments and societies should undertake to address this new epidemic? 
The programme will feature the presentations on the regulation aspect of heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes, research data on health effects of novel products and case studies from a few European countries. The detailed agenda will be disseminated shortly. 

9 December 2020

"4th Edition of the Alliance contre le tabac" Meetings


This year, the annual Meetings of the French Alliance against Tobacco (ACT) are held virtually, in a webinar form and under the umbrella of ENSP-ECTC Conference. On Wednesday, December 9 from 15:00 to 17:00 (CET), you have an opportunity to get the insights on the topic of tobacco prices in France, during the webinar titled "The cost of tobacco: decryptions and levers for action" ( Le coût du tabac : decryptages et leviers d'action).

During these Meetings, the ACT will present the results from its first barometer of the social perception of tobacco in France. The main ideas received on the cost of tobacco will be analysed by experts. Furthermore, concrete proposals concerning levers for action to reduce the social cost of tobacco will be presented. With the aim of exchanging knowledge and generating ideas, all participants will be involved in the discussion on the points presented within the programme.

15 December 2020,  ENSP-CTFK Webinar

"Using Point of Sale Investigations to Successfully Advance TAPS Policy"


Together with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, ENSP will host another webinar on Tuesday, December 15, from 13:30 to 15:00 (CET).


Entitled "Using Point of Sale Investigations to Successfully Advance TAPS Policy: Case Studies from Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Bosnia Herzegovina", this event is also organised under the umbrella of the ENSP-ECTC online edition. 

While the world's biggest tobacco companies - British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Japan Tobacco, and Philip Morris International - claim only to market their deadly products to adults, point of sale promotional tactics associated with these companies such as posters, displays at children's eye-level, flavored tobacco products, and tobacco products positioned next to candies and sweets are consistently found at points of sale around the world. In this webinar, tobacco control advocates from Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Bosnia Herzegovina will share findings of point of sale investigations examining common promotional tactics observed in Eurasia and discuss how these findings were used to generate public awareness about tobacco industry efforts to addict a new generation of young consumers and bolster policy advocacy campaigns to advance Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorships bans.

17 December 2020, Roundtable

"The road to a Smoke-Free Generation"

On the 17th December 2020, the ENSP Youth Group organises a Roundtable on the topic of Smoke-Free Generation, as part of the ENSP-ECTC Online Conference. During one hour and a half, young and motivated people will have the opportunity to learn from tobacco control experts and discuss about the priorities in further actions to be taken in order to empower the young generation to better understand and fight against the tobacco industry tactics. The preliminary agenda and registration information will follow soon!



The second phase

The ENSP Youth Group invited young individuals, members of youth and student associations and youth advocacy groups from the WHO European region to participate in the contest.

Now we are proud to announce the second phase of the competition, which is the social media voting that will take place between 23 November - 23 December. All finalists have their content posted on Facebook in this folder. You can now vote for your favourite project!

On 24th December we will announce the winners for each category, so make sure you are following us online to be the first to know the results! The 3 campaigns with the highest scores will receive a reward of 500 euros each and an award within the next live ENSP conference during a Youth dedicated ceremony. One person from each of the winning campaigns will also be able to join us during the 2021 ENSP Conference (travel, accommodation and registration will be covered).

If you have any questions, please contact the organisers by email: karina.mocanu@ensp.network or contest@ensp.network.

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